Summer NAMM – Yamaha’s new S Series features all the Voices, Performances, Arps and Virtual Circuit Modeling effects found on the flagship Motif XS Music Production Synthesizer.

The S90XS and the S70XS also dedicate 142 megabytes to high-quality piano waveforms for a total of 456 megabytes of instrument samples. They are also the first Yamaha digital keyboards to feature the sounds of the legendary Yamaha S6 concert grand piano.

Yamaha’s unique Balanced Hammer Effect action is designed to simulate the touch and response of a grand piano action, and for the first time this expressive weighted action is available in both 88 note and 76 note versions. An intuitive panel to enhance live performances includes real time controls for tweaking sounds on the fly.

The new Performance Creator makes it easier than ever to create layers and splits and interactive Performances complete with drums grooves with a few simple button presses. The S Series also have a combo input jack for adding vocals or guitar including effects to live performances. Controls for the a/d input are conveniently located on the front panel controls instant access to necessary parameters.

Direct USB record and playback functionality lets performers record their performances as stereo 44.1 16 bit .wav files either to external USB memory devices or internally to the 18 minutes of internal Flash memory. A Song Chain function lets you create a list of 100 songs (either SMF MIDI files or .wav Audio) for easy playback of backing tracks for your live performances. The perfect companion for computer musicians, the S90XS and S70XS serve as both a master keyboard and a full-function, multi-timbral tone generator.

A DAW remote function, with 50 different control templates, provides easy control over DAW and VST instruments directly from the panel controls. The S90XS (MSRP: $3,799) and S70XS ($3,699) are expected to be available in September 2009.

Originally posted 2009-07-18 02:39:24.